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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Woman key suspect in Vivek Vihar murders in Delhi

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 21, 2013
First Published: 00:23 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:25 IST(21/8/2013)

The crime branch of Delhi Police, sources claimed, has solved the murders of 62-year-old businessman Bajrang Lal Bokadia and three of his employers. The police had recovered the four bodies from a bungalow in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar on Monday.

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Though the police are yet to make an official announcement, sources said the motive behind the murders was robbery. Jewellery and cash worth around R6 crore is missing from the room where the bodies of Bokadia, his cook Bhola Singh, driver Vinod Dubey and domestic help Anand were found.

Sources said the entire conspiracy was allegedly hatched by a female relative of the businessman. Investigators have detained the woman and five others who were apparently part of the ploy. She was identified with the help of a photo found in the house.

Efforts are on to nab the other accused who police believe had fled Delhi. The identity and involvement of the woman, who reportedly lives in northeast Delhi with her husband and in-laws, was established after investigators learnt that the driver of Bokadia’s brother-in-law Pramod was greeted by an unidentified woman when he went in to the house to collect car keys on Sunday afternoon.

“Since the assailants had gained an easy entry into the bungalow, we suspected the involvement of someone who was known to any of the four victims. We zeroed in on the ‘insider’s’ involvement because the assailants had only ransacked the room. It indicated that the killers knew where the jewellery and cash were kept,” said an investigating officer.

Pramod’s driver was questioned and he identified the woman from the photograph. The driver told the police that he saw the woman at Bokadia’s house. According to the driver, she said Bokadia was out and asked him to come back later.

“The driver insisted he would wait for Bokadia. When he did not leave, the woman got enraged and eventually handed over the car keys and he left. The driver claimed he had never seen the woman in the house before Sunday,” the officer said.

After establishing her identity, the woman was detained and questioned. She broke down and confessed to her involvement in the crime.

At her instance, five other suspects were detained and interrogated. Bokadia’s wife Pushpa Devi, who was at their native place in Rajasthan’s Sujangarh at the time of murders, confirmed that jewellery and some cash had gone missing from the house.


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